" We don't know why [Cooper] decided to close [it]. The King's Cross baths, like his establishment at London Bridge, was right opposite an important railway station…and could have been expected to prosper."

  
1. Kelly's directory of London, 1871-1921



  
2. THE KING'S-CROSS TURKISH BATHS [advertisement]   Standard   (22 Feb 1879)   p.7



  
3. This advertisement appeared in the Standard on several occasions during October 1877 and on the first few days of November. It can also be found in The Daily News on 2 Nov 1877.


  
4. '1000 super, feet of glass': 1000 sq ft



  
5. Quoted in: A dictionary of Victorian London: an A—Z of the great metropolis / edited by Lee Jackson. — London : Anthem Pr, 2006



  
6. Programme issued for performances of the Paris Hippodrome at Olympia, March 1887



  
7. Adams opened his first Turkish baths, initially called the York House Hydro, at 12 (Duke of) York Street in 1908. Two years later he opened another establishment almost round the corner at 92 Jermyn Street.



  
8. Personal communication from John Cooper, William Cooper's grandson.



  
9. I am especially grateful to Coralie Sleap who, in the middle of her busy afternoon, took my daughter and me on a trip round Number 9's fascinating underworld and showed us the previously unknown (to us) plunge pool.



  
10. The number of Cooper's establishments is sometimes given as nine and sometimes as seven. Those at Jermyn Street and (Duke of) York Street were two entrances to the same building, the latter leading to the women's baths. Those at Railway Approach and Denman Street were, similarly, separate entrances to the same building.



  
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